PENTICTON, BC. – The BC Hockey League announced the award winners for the Penticton Pod on Thursday with Vees forwards Jacob Quillan and Luc Wilson, along with goaltender Kaeden Lane, taking home hardware in three of the four awards.
The Vees as a team were named Pod champions after posting an 18-1-0-1 record, collecting at least a point in 19 of the 20 games from the regular campaign. Penticton surrendered just 23 goals in 20 games over the course of the season, averaging out to 1.15 goals-against per game while scoring a fair amount along the way, as well, earning 90 goals throughout the season, ranking 3rd in the BCHL in that category.
The most valuable player for the Penticton Pod, as well as top goaltender for the season, is Vees netminder Kaeden Lane. The Burnaby, BC native put up incredible numbers through the 16 games he played during 2021, posting a league-leading 15 wins to go along with a 1.13 goals against average and a .951 save percentage, each of those leading all BCHL netminders. Lane also added five shutouts to his season totals as well, ranking him in a tie for 7th all-time in shutouts.
Jacob Quillan was named the Pod’s Rookie of the Year after an outstanding first season in the BCHL. The Quinnipiac University commit compiled 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 20 games played over the entire course of the 2021 campaign, including finishing the season on a red-hot tear. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia native concluded the season on an 8-game point streak, amassing 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points in that span as well as scoring a goal in each of his last 6 games to end the campaign.
Luc Wilson finished the season as the Pod’s leading scorer, wrapping up his regular season with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. The University of Minnesota State-Mankato commit finished tied for third in the league in goals with 14 and tied for fourth in the league in points with 29 on the year. The Duncan, BC native opened the season with a 10-game point streak, which also was the longest of his BCHL career.
There was one award that was not claimed by a Vee and that was the Top Defenseman Award, which went to Trail Smoke Eaters defenseman Ryan Helliwell. Helliwell finished the season with 3 goals and 11 points for Trail on the backend.